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Carbondale Climbing (Seeking Beta)

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Robert Chappe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 30

Looking for advice about climbing near Carbondale.
My (pregnant) wife and I plus our 3 dogs are likely going to stay at Redstone CG for 3 days. NOT over 4th of July weekend, so don't worry, we won't crash your party.

I will be rope gunning everything, looking for 10s-11s sport AND 8-10s trad.
I have a copy of the Western Sloper guide book and it is stellar, but curious to get more beta on approaches and staging areas.

Can anyone recommend a crag that has a manageable/safe approach and staging area to accommodate us? We don't mind a long approach, but prefer not to have to haul the dogs over huge talos fields, tyroleans, etc.

Also, I am open to other suggestions pretty much anywhere within 6 hours of Colorado Springs, CO where we can escape the heat, rain, bugs, etc.

Disclaimer: please don't make this post a place to debate ethics of dogs at the crag. Thanks for your cooperation.

Sends McGee · · Denver, CO · Joined Jul 2015 · Points: 15

Independence Pass is pretty sweet. Less than an hour from Carbondale

Jamie Collins · · Vail, CO · Joined Jun 2016 · Points: 218

Yeah Independence Pass or Camp Hale would be your best bet, but neither are covered in Western Sloper. Though there's not a lot of stuff on MP, most of the Camp Hale crags have big, flat staging areas with few people to bother you and your dogs. It has its own guidebook as does Independence Pass.

Bryan Gall · · New Castle, CO · Joined Sep 2002 · Points: 260

If you're staying in Redstone, climb near Redstone. The narrows and the red stein/ friends and family wall are right there. Check out Thompson creek above Carbondale or the lizard lake climbs above Marble. All those areas are detailed in the new Westernsloper. For the easiest approaches, Rifle mountain park is about an an hour from Redstone.

Robert Chappe · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Aug 2015 · Points: 30

Thanks for all the advice, everyone.

We ended up hitting Lincoln Creek on the way out.
Then with Redstone as the base we climbed the Narrows and Thompson Creek.

STELLAR!! Kudos to the locals.

We will definitely go back.

Guideline #1: Don't be a jerk.

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